He received the Dr. Eng. degree (Laurea) summa cum laude in Electrical Engineering at the University of Rome ''La Sapienza'' in 1992. In 1995 he had been a visiting student at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California at Berkeley. In 1996 he received the Ph.D. degree in System Engineering at the University of Rome ''La Sapienza'' and in 1997-1999 he held a post-doc position at the University of L'Aquila. In 1997 he had consulted for Magneti Marelli and from 1997 to 2000 he was scientific consultant at the PARADES research laboratory in Rome.